How to Explain Guns to a Child

If you’re like most parents, you’re concerned about your child’s safety. You try to keep your children away from people who might harm them and from places that are unsavory and unsafe. You carefully teach them safety rules, such as how to cross the street, and you supervise them in risky situations, like playing around water, fire and stoves. As a parent, it’s your job to gradually prepare your kids to deal with more and more of the outside world and …

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Gun Safety in the Home

Safety is the most important issue regarding gun ownership, possession and use. A gun accident can happen in a fraction of a second, and may result in a tragic injury or death. Safe handling of guns can reduce gun accidents. Safe gun handling can be learned and incorporated into gun handling and shooting procedures. Gun safety rules must always be practiced, there is never an exception. Adults who own a gun should learn and practice gun safety every time you …

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fabarm shotgun vs benelli

Elite Shotguns of HK: Benelli vs Fabarm HK has long been on the cutting edge of small arms in the western world and their marketing partnership choices in shotguns often reflect thoughtful innovation along with the use of proven technologies. For most of the last thirty years, HK has partnered with the Italian firm Benelli to market that company’s combat and hunting shotguns.   Both respected names in the gun business profited from this partnership which only recently dissolved with Benelli …

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Armalite AR-180B Review

Armalite AR180B Armalite, formerly Eagle Arms and formerly before that Essential Arms has been a company in transition from an AR15 clone parts maker, to gun maker to finally purchasing the right to the Armalite name and reviving what had been one of the more interesting product offerings from the defunct division of an aerospace company. The original AR180 was designed as a lower cost and improved alternative to the M16 rifle in service in the late 1960s.  By the …

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FN 5.7 Pistol Review

FN 5.7 Pistol Steeped in controversy over its release to the public, the innovative FN 5.7 (pronounced Five-Seven) is aptly named for its unique cartridge.   This numeric naming system reminds me of the way SAAB changed the names of their cars in the late 1990s.   Like the SAAB 9-3 Viggen is to sports cars,  the 5.7 pistol is an item of entirely European concept and design that departs from the ordinary. The 5.7 pistol is not anything like any pistol previously …

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Saiga Semi-Automatic Rifle Reviews

Saiga Rifles Another economy import from EAA (European American Armory), the Siaga rifles represent what is probably the best bargain in AK derivatives currently on the US market. Engineered to comply with Clinton era restrictions placed on the Russian Federation with even fewer “evil” features than other imports as a condition of securing loans, the Saiga rifle is a highly modified derivative of the AKM rifle.   Unlike other AK derivatives where they were primarily military rifles slightly modified to comply …

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Polytech M14 Review

Both Poly Technologies and the infamous Norinco of China had offered reverse engineered M14 type rifles on the US commercial market in the 1980s, and some Chinese M14 type rifles are still offered on the Canadian market through importers, most notably Marstar international.   There were a number of US import M14s from China in varying levels of fit and quality, ranging from pretty decent to downright miserable.   None were known to deliver match grade accuracy, but the chrome lined bores, …

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FN FAL Assault Rifle Review

The FAL The FAL was probably the second most common rifle in the world during the Cold war, and like the AK pattern rifles, has enjoyed a relatively recent popularity with the shooting community in the US.   Almost all FALs currently on the market are in 7.62X51 NATO caliber and feed from a 20 round box magazine.   Nearly all are semi-automatic, with a small number being select fire.   Select fire is not even common on the military rifles since the …

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HK UMP Submachinegun and USC Rifle

The HK UMP submachinegun is a low cost weapon sold by HK on the world market as a general purpose law enforcement and security weapon.   While not readily available for domestic sales to the general public in the US, these guns are likely to become more common on the world market in addition to the likely re-release of a semi-auto version originally billed as the HK USC.   The primary differences between the USC and UMP being that the UMP has …

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Kimber CDP Review

The Kimber CDP (Custom Defensive Pistol) has been heralded as one of the best factory 1911 type pistols ever to be put on the market.   Specifically engineered for concealed carry and as a general purpose self defense pistol, the CDP sports many standard features once found only on custom guns.  In fact, the CDP had started out as a limited offering from Kimber of America as a semi-custom gun for the well heeled 1911 enthusiast looking for the ultimate in …

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